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Here are just a few of the books I used to research Mending Horses:
DAILY LIFE IN NEW ENGLAND
Grimsted, David. American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Larkin, Jack. The New England Country Tavern. Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Old Sturbridge Village, 2000.
Larkin, Jack. The Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1988.
Larkin, Jack. Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home. Newtown, Connecticut: The Taunton Press, 2009.
Rorabaugh, W. J. The Craft Apprentice: From Franklin to the Machine Age in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
Benes, Peter, editor. Itinerancy in New England and New York. Boston University: Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings, 1984.
Wright, Richardson. Hawkers & Walkers in Early America. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1927.
Bowker, Nancy. John Rarey: Horse Tamer. London: J.A. Allen, 1996.
Brown, Sara Lowe. Rarey: The Horse’s Master and Friend. Columbus, Ohio: The F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1916.
Hill, Cherry. How to Think Like a Horse. Storey Publishing, 2006.
Miller, Robert M., DVM, and Lamb, Rick. The Revolution in Horsemanship and What It Means to Mankind. Guilford, Connecticut: The Lyons Press, 2005.
Rarey, John S. The Modern Art of Taming Wild Horses. (reprint) Watertown, Minnesota: Nath Thoroughbreds, 1998.
Roberts, Monty. From My Hands to Yours: Lessons from a Lifetime of Training Championship Horses. Solvang, CA: Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc., 2002.
Roberts, Monty. The Man Who Listens to Horses. New York: Random House, 1996.
THE IRISH IN NEW ENGLAND
Ignatiev, Noel. How the Irish Became White. New York: Routledge, 1995.
Mitchell, Brian C. The Paddy Camps: The Irish of Lowell, 1821-61. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
CIRCUSES AND TRAVELING SHOWS
Barnum, P.T. Struggles and Triumphs; or, Forty Years’ Recollections. Buffalo, NY: The Courier Company, 1875.
Croft-Cooke, Rupert, and Cotes, Peter. Circus: A World History. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976.
Thayer, Stuart. Annals of the American Circus, 1793-1829. Rymack Printing, 1976.
Thayer, Stuart. Traveling Showmen: The American Circus Before the Civil War. Detroit: Astley & Ricketts, 1997